Kurt Davis Jr., 8:49 am AFKI Original
Japan has a favorable rating in many countries. The Chinese have been criticized for executing half-effort projects such as using poor quality materials on roads. China-Africa trade in 2015 amounted to about $180 billion — nearly 7.5 times more than Japan-Africa trade. African leaders are watching and appear willing to benefit from the sociopolitical competition between the two countries. If the numbers grow because of the “race to Africa,” Africa will benefit.
Staff, 7:37 am
A 1.5-hour drive from Cape Town, the quaint small town of Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most popular and easily accessible beach escapes. Whale-watching puts Hermanus on the map, and it doesn’t have to be pricey. You can spot whales right from the shore if you have patience and a good pair of binoculars. Watch Southern Right whales from July to November, humpbacks between May and December, and Bryde’s whales all year round.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:46 am
Ugandan police arrested two menbers of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), an opposition party, who marched outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala in support of Donald Trump, the Republic presidential candidate in next month’s election. The party leadership however, distanced itself from the protesters who held placards with the words, ‘A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship’,
Kevin Mwanza, 6:37 am
Gambia, the home nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has announced its decision to withdraw from the Hague-based court. The tiny West African nation’s decision is likely to fuel fears of possible violence as it heads to presidential election in December, where President Yahya Jammeh is eyeing a fifth term in office after he scrapped presidential term limits.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:27 am
Ethiopia has announced that tourists are not barred from travelling across the nation in a bid to boost its tourist numbers; just days after the U.S. government issued a travel advisory following the declaration of a six-month state of emergency by the horn of Africa nation. There have been fears that foreigners to the nation may face reprisals from security forces for violating the state-sanctioned decree.
Staff, 4:03 pm
The Africa Energy Forum isn’t happening in Africa but 75 percent of Africa’s energy regulators, utilities bosses and ministers will be there, according to event organizers. The 19th annual conference is scheduled for June 7–9, 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants travel from Africa to Europe to meet and do business with power investors from around the world. The goal? To capitalize on the wealth of Scandinavian companies investing in Africa’s power sector.
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 pm
The only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage, South Africa is considered a haven for LGBT rights. Cape Town is regarded as the gay capital of Africa. It’s full of gay people who have chosen the city as their home, not only for its beauty but because Capetonians are generally liberal and welcoming, SouthAfrica.info says by way of promoting LGBT tourism. This is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.
Dana Sanchez, 12:02 pm
South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the ICC on Friday. Burundi did so on Saturday. Kenya is the latest to pull out. Sudan’s Al-Bashir and Uganda’s president of 30 years have lobbied other African countries to withdraw. The ICC has to take the blame for SA’s departure, according to a Bloomberg opinion piece. In 14 years, it has produced just five verdicts of substance, all against Africans. By saying it wants to respect diplomatic immunity for other heads of state, SA is saying it wants to do business with African leaders.
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